Shirley Serotsky is the Acting Artistic Director at Theater J, where she served as the Associate Artistic Director for two years, and was the Director of Literary and Public Programs for four years before that. For Theater J, Shirley has directed The Call, Yentl, The Argument, The Hampton Years, The History of Invulnerability, The Moscows of Nantucket, Mikveh (which received two Helen Hayes Nominations for Best Actress), The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall (which received a 2009 Helen Hayes Nomination for Best New Play), and Married Sex for the Locally Grown Festival. She works as a freelance director in the DC area and beyond, and is passionate about the development of new work. Other directing credits include: Rapture, Blister, Burn (Round House Theatre); The Jungle Book (Adventure Theatre); a 21/24 Signature Lab Workshop presentation of The Break(Signature Theatre); Working: The Musical (Keegan Theatre); Blood Wedding (Constellation Theatre); A Man, His Wife, and His Hat and Birds of a Feather (which won the 2012 Charles MacArthur Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, The Hub Theatre); Juno and the Paycock (Washington Shakespeare Company); Reals, Five Flights and Two Rooms (Theater Alliance);Crumble and We Are Not These Hands (Catalyst Theater); References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Rorschach Theater, for which she received a 2007 Helen Hayes nomination for outstanding direction); Sovereignty (The Humana Festival of New Plays). Training: BFA, North Carolina School of the Arts.